Our global medical leadership teams design and deliver hands-on education programmes to train thousands of local medical professionals, so they can provide treatment within their own communities and share their expertise. 

"Training and education isn’t just something we do — It’s at the heart of everything we do. It happens on every engagement through the exchange of ideas among our medical specialists from diverse backgrounds with varied levels of expertise. Together we have the same goal: improve how surgical care is delivered while empowering local communities.”

- Dr. Ruben Ayala, Operation Smile Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, United States




of medical professionals who volunteered with Operation Smile in 2014 were from low- and middle-income countries


of medical volunteers say their involvement with Operation Smile provides them with a unique educational experience and helps strengthen the surgical capacity of their local community




"Our long term goal is to empower local doctors and other health care workers to take care of these conditions themselves to the highest standards. It's the most effective and efficient way to deliver care and it's what they told us they wanted when we asked them.”

- Dr. David Orr, Plastic Surgeon, Ireland, Volunteer for 16 Years

"I see different styles of skills which are not common in my country. I’ve become more confident and more capable."

 - Dr. Yemane Wondafrash, Anesthesiologist, Ethiopia, Volunteer for 5 Years

"You learn new techniques from more-experienced surgeons and you teach new procedures to the surgeons who are less experienced than you. All of this helps make you a better surgeon."

- Dr. Mahmoud Bataineh, Plastic Surgeon, Jordan, Volunteer for 14 Years




“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President